HOTELS & SPAS

Six sunny girlfriend getaway ideas

March 13, 2013
The Travel Ladies in Turks & Caicos

The Traveling Ladies in Turks & Caicos

Many hotels and resorts have special packages to attract women. If they don’t, you can design your own. Whether you’re traveling with one friend, a sister, mother, or daughter, or a group, here are some girlfriend getaway ideas to whet your appetite (Rates vary based on season, room category, and availability; taxes and gratuities may be additional):

Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix Arizona

1-800-950-0086

The Girlfriends May Getaway is only offered at this iconic property during the month of May. Starting at $259 per room (double occupancy) per night, it includes breakfast and dinner for two daily, one spa treatment per paid room night, bottle of wine at check-in, Arizona Biltmore History book, 20% discount at retail shops, self-parking and resort charges, and some gratuities (Use booking code P7).

Terrace Courtyard at the Arizona Biltmore

Squaw Terrace  at the Arizona Biltmore

La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

1-831-293-6100 

Girlfriends can immerse themselves in the quiet charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea and pick up a Wine Walk-by-the Sea Passport ($50) for a self-paced stroll to seven wine-tasting rooms within walking distance. Rates for poolside rooms start at $450 per room per night for a king bed and sleeper sofa (accommodating 3-4 persons). 

The Saguaro, Scottsdale, Arizona 

1-877-808-244

Saguaro Hotel Pool at Dusk

Saguaro Hotel Pool at Dusk

Located in downtown Scottsdale, this colorful, hip, retro-decor hotel is a perfect base for relaxing, shopping and gallery hopping. Girlfriends can enjoy the spa, heated pools, and cooking of celebrity chef Jose Garces’ modern take on the street food of Mexico City at the in-house restaurant, Distrito. Rates start at $89 per room (double occupancy) per night. 

Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

1-888-984-2121

The two-night Inn on the Alameda’s Best Friend Package starts at $332 per room (double occupancy) and includes breakfast, afternoon cheese and wine, two 50-minute messages, and a gift certificate to Kakawa Chocolate House. Located in the heart of the city, girlfriends can enjoy walking tours with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, spa treatments at Ten Thousand Waves, or window-shopping on Canyon Road (Call to book the BFF package, which is not applicable for all dates).

il Lugano Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

1-954-564-4400 

This all-suite boutique hotel with water views from every room is a block from the beach. The Girlfriends Package starts at $359 per room (double occupancy) and includes accommodations in the spacious Grand Lugano Suite; one-hour private yoga by the waterfront pool or two 1-hour standup paddle boarding or dinner and a movie for two; reserved poolside cabana w/fresh fruit and chilled Prosecco, complimentary beach buggy service, a $25 Amex gift care and complimentary transportation to the Galleria Mall (Use booking code GIRL.) 

Secrets Wild Orchid, Montego Bay, Jamaica 

1-866-GOSECRETS

This all-inclusive resort sits on a mile of private beach overlooking the Caribbean. Girlfriends can enjoy gourmet dining, themed parties, a 15,000 square foot spa, golf, tennis, watersports, and a state–of-the-art fitness center. Rates start at $294 per person, per night (double occupancy) and include all the benefits of Unlimited Luxury®.


Also on More Time To Travel:

Girlfriend Getaways: Sun, sand and sisterhood for more girlfriend getaway ideas and to learn about The Traveling Ladies I met in Los Cabos, Mexico.

  • Reply
    Doreen Pendgracs
    March 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Some great choices on your list, Irene. I LOVE girlfriend getaways. It seems no matter where you go, when you’re in the company of gal pals, all is well.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      March 13, 2013 at 4:05 am

      I agree! Bet you have some really nice ones in Canada, too.

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    Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)
    August 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    The closest I’ve done to this was a 4 night cruise with my sisters. In some ways it felt like when we were little, driving across the country on a family road trip in the ’63 Chevy. It was always the 5 of us in one motel room with 2 double beds (I don’t think they did Queen size on highway motels). That left one sister too many for the beds. We would try starting out in one of the beds, but at ages 14, 12 and 9, one of us would always give up and end up sleeping on the floor. Since I was the worst sleeper and the oldest, that would be me. On the cruise ship, we made the 50-something “baby” take the top bunk 😉 The difficult middle child got her own bed and I got the bottom bunk.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      August 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

      How wonderful to be able to travel with sister friends!

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    Elizabeth Rose
    August 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    You girls are so cute! Love the photos.

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    santafetraveler
    August 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Great to see a Santa Fe hotel on the list. We actually plan girl-friend getaways for clients. It’s great fun picking the perfect hotel, restaurants and things to do for a group of friends (or family) getting away.

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    Cathy Sweeney
    August 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Nice spots! I was just in Carmel a few weeks ago — what a great place for a getaway with girlfriends (or in this case, the hubby). The wine walk passport is a great deal and so much fun.

  • Reply
    Marcia
    August 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    After reading this (and seeing that lovely photo), I’m ready for a girlfriend getaway, Irene!

  • Reply
    Mike
    August 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Even if this a “girl” post I have stayed at the Biltmore and it’s a really nice property! 🙂

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